2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 - First Ride

Fly-By-Wire Throttle,Variable-Length Intake Tracts And Other Electronic Trickery Make The '08 R6 The Most Potent Yet

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Fran Kuhn, Yamaha

The close-ratio six-speed transmission is unchanged from '07, as is the back-torquelimiting slipper clutch. The effectiveness of the slipper clutch is even more pronounced in '08, however, thanks to a new anti-engine-braking ECU circuit. This system keeps the throttle butterflies cracked open slightly during high-rpm deceleration, further reducing engine braking for improved chassis stability during aggressive corner entries.

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6555 Katella Ave.
CA  90630
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